of the week
12:15:12 - 01:05:13
12:15:12 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From June, 1952, Life Magazine photos of fueling operations at Edwards Air Force Base, the United States' foremost flight test and development site for advanced aircraft.
12:22:12 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: From November, 1952, the United States detonates the world's first hydrogen bomb. On January 31, 1950 President Truman had publicly declared the U.S. intention to develop this new level of destructive capability in reaction to the Soviet explosion of its first atomic bomb a few months before. Truman's declaration read...
It is part of my responsibility as Commander in Chief of the Armed forces to see to it that our country is able to defend itself against any possible aggressor. Accordingly, I have directed the AEC to continue its work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or Super bomb.
Less than a month before the successful test of the U.S. hydrogen weapon, Britain conducted its first atomic bomb test, making it the third nation capable of waging atomic war. Ten months following the U.S., in August 1953, the Soviets successfully tested their own hydrogen bomb.
12:29:12 -- PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Buzz Aldrin boot and print on the moon, July 20, 1969.
01:05:13 -- PICTURES OF THE WEEK: Above, top: A Saab J35 Draken supersonic fighter in the mid-1950s. Below: From 1952, the Saab 210 prototype for the Draken, first flown in January, 1952. Development of the Saab 210 came in response to a Royal Swedish Air Force requirement for a fighter capable of steep vertical climb to meet the threat of Soviet supersonic bombers. More on the Draken can be read here.
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